In this essay, Iury analyzes how the artefacts of questioning and listening became resourceful in the procedure of excavating the personal and political reasons behind the migration journey her maternal grandmother Voinha embarked on in 1945 from Ananindeua and Belém to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Voinha, who turned 100 years old on April 08th, 2021 and passed away on March 06th, 2022, influenced Iurys own migration journey, started sixteen years ago when she left Rio de Janeiro for Doha, Qatar and later moved on to the Northern European cities of Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Malmö.
How coupling questioning with listening allowed an oppressed woman to speak for herself, fostering in this way dramaturgies that brought awareness to feminist empowerment as a means to tackle the colonial and patriarchal ways in which the Brazilian national identity is constructed.
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